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Trillium grant a lifeline for transportation program

Community Support Services of Niagara uses $52,000 to purchase new van
Community Support Services of Niagara has purchased a new van with a Trillium Foundation grant.

An Ontario Trillium Foundation grant of $52,000 has been used by Happy in my Home, Community Support Services of Niagara to purchase a new van to allow the Transportation Program within the Grimsby, Lincoln, West Lincoln communities to continue for seniors who use it.

The grant replaced an older van, ensuring safe and reliable transportation for clients when attending medical and other critical appointments. Prior to the successful grant application, Happy in my Home, CSSN was faced with rising maintenance costs, which also resulted in a loss of programable hours for clients, according to a news release.

"The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated," said Carolyn Askeland, Executive Director of Community Support Services of Niagara. “It will ensure seniors and adults with disabilities maintain health by supporting them with rides to important medical appointments. Often clients donot have the social supports to assist them in accessing transportation and/or have health and mobility issues that impede their ability to do it independently.”

On Thursday, local MPP Sam Oosterhoff and Deputy Mayor Tony Brunet met with the Happy in my Home, Community Support Services of Niagara team to learn more about the Transportation Program.

If you would like more information about how their programs provide support for seniors and adults with disabilities allowing them to live independently in their own homes, please visit the website at: The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), an agency of the Government of Ontario and one of Canada's largest granting foundations, is celebrating 40 years of Ontario grantmaking and community impact. Last year, OTF invested $209M in 2,042 community projects and partnerships, including funding for the Ontario government's Community Futures Fund. Visit the to learn more.